Mechanical Engineer (Engineering)

Full Time

  Seneca Sawmill Company

  Eugene, Oregon, United States

Seneca is seeking an experienced Mechanical Engineer. This position requires the use of initiative and independent judgement to develop and evaluate large-scale, complex systems. The Mechanical Engineer is responsible for improving and maintaining current systems, as well as inventing new projects. This position is responsible for supporting the needs of the mill and ensuring that there is safety around the mill with the ability to access the machinery easily. 


  • Ability to follow written and oral instruction.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or 5+ years of equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of engineering experience working in sawmill/manufacturing environment
  • Experience in use of computer-aided design software


  • Assesses project requirements
  • Measures the performance of mechanical components, devices and mill machinery
  • Agrees upon budgets, timescales and specifications with clients and managers
  • Maintains and modifies equipment to ensure that it is safe, reliable and efficient using computer-aided design/modelling software
  • Serves as liaison to suppliers and vendors
  • Works with outside engineers in the design and development of new equipment and structures
  • Procures bids for fabrication and installation of equipment and structures, evaluates bids and prepares purchasing recommendations
  • Undertakes relevant research for new technologies and redesigns existing machinery for better use
  • Produces and implements designs and test procedures
  • Provides technical advice to all levels of employees
  • Confirms system and product capabilities by designing feasibility and testing methods
  • Prepares product reports by collecting, analyzing and summarizing information and trends
  • Maintains system and product database by writing computer programs and entering data
  • Provides support to operations of the mill
  • Completes special projects as assigned by manager
  • Oversees projects from layout to startup
  • Directs contractors during project installations to ensure a quality installation
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to present designs to owners, managers and clients
  • Ability to write reports and document project phases
  • Ability to work well with team of professionals as well as independently
  • Ability to meet all deadlines
  • Works with Production and Maintenance personnel to have the best outcome on projects
  • Supports Seneca’s commitment to a culture of safe work practices.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or 5+ years of equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of engineering experience working in sawmill/manufacturing environment
  • Extensive knowledge of math, industrial drafting, welding, and machining
  • Thorough knowledge of AutoCAD, MS Project, Excel & Word
  • Ability to work in a team environment


  • Inside office at a desk in a temperature-controlled atmosphere
  • A substantial amount of walking within mill environment
  • Completes field measurements of existing machinery & equipment in industrial environment


From humble roots, producing just 18-million board feet of lumber in 1954, today, Seneca Sawmill includes three sawmills in Eugene, Oregon and one in Noti, Oregon, with production levels exceeding 650-million board feet. Supporting these operations is Seneca Jones Timber Company which sustainably manages 167,000 acres of timberlands that produce raw material for our sawmills. Our newest facility, Seneca Sustainable Energy, utilizes byproducts from our forest and sawmill operations and produces 19.8 MW of renewable power which is utilized by our local community (enough for 13,000 homes on an annual basis), plus steam for our onsite dry kilns. Collectively, these companies form the Seneca Family of Companies which supports over 400 local family wage jobs.


We offer competitive wages, a generous medical benefits coverage package, 401K with employer match, paid holidays, paid vacation, and a discounted fuel benefit.